UK announces crackdown on immigration, decision to hit Indians

New rules are expected to make it tougher for British companies wanting to bring in foreign professionals from outside the EU, including countries like India.

By: PTI | London | Updated: October 5, 2016 11:52 am
brexit, immigration From next year, banks will have to do regular checks to ensure they are not providing essential banking services to illegal migrants.

The UK today unveiled plans to further its crackdown on immigration through “work and study routes” from non-EU nations, in a move expected to make it difficult for British firms to hire professionals from countries like India.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the annual Conservative Party conference in Birmingham she will be looking at a range of options to cut migration.

“Leaving the EU is just one part of the strategy. We have to look at all sources of immigration if we mean business…We will be looking across work and study routes. This will include examining whether we should tighten the test companies have to take before recruiting from abroad,” Rudd said as she announced a new consultation on tightening immigration.

New rules are expected to make it tougher for British companies wanting to bring in foreign professionals from outside the EU, including countries like India.

“The test should ensure people coming here are filling gaps in the labour market, not taking jobs British people could do. But it’s become a tick box exercise, allowing some firms to get away with not training local people.

“We won’t win in the world if we don’t do more to upskill our own workforce… I want us to look again at whether our immigration system provides the right incentives for businesses to invest in British workers,” she said.

She also announced that from December, landlords that knowingly rent out property to people who have no right to be in the UK will be committing a criminal offence and could go to prison. Immigration checks will be a mandatory requirement for those wanting to get a licence to drive a taxi.

From next year, banks will have to do regular checks to ensure they are not providing essential banking services to illegal migrants.

The crackdown will affect students from India planning to study in the UK; their numbers are already at an all-time low.

“We will also look for the first time at whether our student immigration rules should be tailored to the quality of the course and the quality of the educational institution… We need to look at whether this one size fits all approach really is right for the hundreds of different universities, providing thousands of different courses across the country,” the minister said.

However, she stressed that the new rules will be brought in after consultation with businesses and universities.

“This isn’t about pulling up the drawbridge. It’s about making sure students that come here, come to study. We’re consulting because we want to work with businesses and universities to get this next stage of our reforms right,” Rudd added.

For migration within the EU, the home minister unveiled plans to overhaul legislation to make it easier to deport criminals and those who abuse UK laws while Britain negotiates its complete exit from the economic bloc.

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  1. K
    Oct 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    If any Indian student is studious, intelligent, with a degree in Engineering or science, then even the Queen will let him prosper in England, The end to immigration only comes for those who have no intentions to study, want to go to the West to do menial jobs, or the criminals from India who want to escape the punishments. England will still welcome people like Mallaya who have stolen Indian money and placed it in the hands of the Western bankers.
    1. C
      Oct 5, 2016 at 9:02 am
      Excellent move - Indians can now go to greener pastures than a decrepit county like UK
      1. C
        Oct 4, 2016 at 7:28 pm
        At the end of the day, UK is will suffer, there is a severe shortage of professionals, particularly doctors. UK isn't the only place for professionals, Canada, EU, Australia, New Zealand will benefit. UK will suffer, It will also reflect on games like cricket, visas will be hard to get and teams are unlikely to travel to UK . Centuries ago the English invaded and looted several countries, now they do not want them-- time has come for UK to rethink before it is too late. Who cares ,we are better off!!!
        1. D
          Oct 5, 2016 at 4:44 am
          stan will be divided into 4;br/gt;insha;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai;br/gt;Ameen..
          1. P
            Psh Rahman
            Oct 5, 2016 at 4:51 am
            Look at your own dirt man.
            1. A
              Oct 5, 2016 at 8:26 am
              This is a self goal. It may help save jobs in UK in the short run. But eventually firms will shift base to China and India for better talent pool and cost arbitrage. lt;br/gt;There is one thing that customer want, it is cheaper products. You are not going to make it cheaper to get things done with this move.
              1. M
                Oct 5, 2016 at 8:11 am
                Big loss, very soon other European countries will do the same. Because like India, everywhere rightist are getting strong day-by-day.
                1. M
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm
                  Why worry when doors for illegal immigration are wide open: one needs to just get into the Mediterranean sea and rescue and enlements are guaranteed?
                  1. V
                    Vihari Naidu
                    Oct 5, 2016 at 7:02 am
                    If they place restrictions on Service trade, we should put restrictions on Merchandise trade from UK....
                    1. U
                      Oct 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm
                      Not for Indians and only for Muslims!
                      1. V
                        Oct 5, 2016 at 12:13 am
                        All because of mulla problems there !
                        1. V
                          vyas Vyasakaveendra
                          Oct 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm
                          Now India has the potential to do any enterprise here itself with several opportunities opened up. It is up to the people concerned to avail them and flourish. Primary education, School education, health-care, quality food products, Horticulture and fruits and all quality services are needed. Skilled manpower is in huge demand. So, UK is not the ultimate destination.
                          1. C
                            Curious onlooker
                            Oct 5, 2016 at 10:09 am
                            Please do. Move on to greener pastures.
                            1. V
                              V. Ramaswami
                              Oct 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                              This could be a blessing to India. Imagine, if the US had not welcomed with open arms so many of India's best, they would be in India doing great things. I don't buy the argument that they could not have, given the Indian conditions. So, India, as a nation should concentrate on building a climate where we can get the best out of the affected in India for India. [Read my book: Innovation by India for India, the Need and the Challenge.]
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